Wonderful items do turn up at yard sales and a Virginia shopper recently found a Southern Cross of Honor medal that had been awarded to a Confederate soldier by the United Daughters of the Confederacy more than a century ago. It was purchased for $10.
Now the medal given to Pvt. Solon Deakins of Greensville County near Emporia, Va. in 1903 has a new home at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg. The woman who bought the medal gave it to the Fairfax, Va. chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which in turn gave it to Pamplin.
Research by the United Daughters of the Confederacy revealed Deakins had received the medal. He fought with the 12th Virginia Infantry, Company I and then the 13th Virginia Cavalry, Company F and participated in the battles of the Wilderness and Cold Harbor among others, according to the organization’s research.